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Flunking Sainthood A Year of Breaking the Sabbath, Forgetting to Pray, and Still Loving My Neighbor

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A Year of Breaking the Sabbath, Forgetting to Pray, and Still Loving My Neighbor
Flunking Sainthood
$13.49 - $15.83

One of Publishers Weekly's Top 100 Books of 2011!

This wry memoir tackles twelve different spiritual practices in a quest to become more saintly, including fasting, fixed-hour prayer, the Jesus Prayer, gratitude, Sabbath-keeping, and generosity. Although Reiss begins with great plans for success ("Really, how hard could that be?" she asks blithely at the start of her saint-making year), she finds to her growing humiliation that she is failing - not just at some of the practices, but at every single one. What emerges is a funny yet vulnerable story of the quest for spiritual perfection and the reality of spiritual failure, which turns out to be a valuable practice in and of itself.

Table of Contents

  • Behind the scenes
  • January - Choosing practices
  • February - Fasting in the desert
  • March - meeting Jesus in the kitchen. . . or not
  • April - Lectio divination
  • May - Nixing shopertainment
  • June - Centering Prayer er, The Jesus Prayer Look! a squirrel!
  • July - Unorthodox Sabbath
  • August - Thanksgiving every day
  • September - Benedictine Hospitality
  • October - What would Jesus eat?
  • November - Seven five three times a day will I praise you
  • December - Generosity
  • Epilogue - Practice makes imperfect

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Format: Paperback book
Product code: PP6607
Dimensions: 5.25" x 8.25"
Length: 179 pages
Paraclete Press
ISBN: 9781557256607
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Written by Jana Riess